Mackerel comp excites anglers
A reminder that the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s Mackerel Challenge is on this weekend and runs from Friday to Sunday.
THE Mackerel Challenge is on this weekend, so here are a few tips on catching the mighty fish in the Whitsundays. The best bait to use is ribbon fish, by either trolling or floating the bait with ganged hooks. Garfish or live fusiliers are also good baits. Try fishing early morning or late afternoon for best results.
If you prefer to use lures, any shiny metal lure is recommended as mackerel are attracted to the flash in the water. Halco LaserPro is a good option.
Look for turbulent water around the headlands for the best places to fish.
There are still spangled emperor about, as well as flathead and winter whiting. Try casting white bait for the flatties and prawns or beach worms for the whiting. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
It is hard work finding barra at the dam now the temperature has dropped. The shallow water is cooling down during the night so try the deeper water near the creek drains where the water is warmer for the best results.
There should be salmon in the rivers. The tides are still big over the weekend, so your best option may be to head out to the islands and try for some mackerel. Colin Slade Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Fishing at the reef has been steady this last week. The mack- erel bite is increasing with the building tides to the dark moon.
This weekend will be great for chasing Spanish mackerel if the weather proves suitable. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Fishing Charters
COLOURFUL CATCH: Barry Wedner from Brisbane caught this coral trout onboard Reel Deal, Whitsunday Fishing Charters.
FIRST FISH: Jake Varsell with his first ever fish, caught at Boathaven Beach at Port of Airlie.